Professional Training

Welcome to the Ontario SPCA Training List for Animal Welfare Organizations!

New and exciting training sessions will be added throughout the year so be sure to check back often.

For questions or to register please contact Leah Elliott at


2017 Training Sessions 


Infection Control and Zoonosis
Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

This course is designed for staff and volunteers to further their knowledge in the areas of Biosecurity (vaccination at intake, rapid identification and isolation of suspect cases, personal protective equipment, centre hygiene, and the impact of stress and behaviour on animal health) and Zoonosis (common diseases, prevention, and risk) . It will provide you with a well-rounded skill set and ability to manage animal health in the shelter environment based on recommendations from leading experts in Shelter Medicine.

Animal Handling, Restraint and Behaviour- FULL
Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

This course will teach you specific and focused best practices you can use to provide for the behavioural needs of the animals in your care.  You will leave with a comprehensive understanding of canine and feline body language, low-stress animal handling, and steps to evaluate your facility for environmental stressors.  We will explain effective recognition of animal behavior, as well as safe and professional animal handling skills including various methods of restraint to prevent staff injuries and reduce stress on animals. This course includes hands on practice of equipment use, tricks of the trade, and live demonstrations. *Please note that this session is now full. You are welcome to register for our waitlist at*

MYM® Canine-ality™
Tuesday, May 2nd and Wednesday May 3rd, 2017

The Meet Your Match (MYM)® Canine-ality™ Adoption Program is a new color coding method for matching shelter dogs, ages six months and older, with adopters.  This program is making it possible for adopters to know a little about a dog’s behaviour before deciding to make him a part of their family. Finding the perfect pooch is a serious undertaking. That is why the Ontario SPCA offers the MYM® program—to help match the colors of an adopter’s personality to their new friend’s Canine-ality™.

MYM® Feline-ality™
Tuesday May 16th and Wednesday May 17th, 2017

A research-based assessment of a cat’s behaviour and interests that matches adopter preferences with an animal’s behaviour. And the amazing part is that it works —shelters testing the ASPCA’s Meet Your Match® Program (Feline-ality™ is a part of Meet Your Match®) found a 40- to 45-percent increase in adoptions and a 45- to 50-percent decrease in returns and euthanasia. Incredible results and stats-driven!

Intake Exam Training
Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

This course is designed for Staff responsible for conducting Intake Exams, as well as those wishing to further their knowledge in this area. It will provide you with a well-rounded skill set and ability to perform Intake Exams for shelter animals, a key component in managing animal health in the shelter environment. This training is geared specifically to the procedures and protocols performed for the Intake Exam, including safe, low-stress animal handling

Introduction to SAFER™
Tuesday June 20th and Wednesday June 21st, 2017
Tuesday October 3rd and Wednesday October 4th, 2017

The ASPCA's SAFER® is a tool for assessing the probability of future canine aggression. Obtaining SAFER™ training helps ensure you are conducting and scoring assessment items correctly and that you are using SAFER™  scores appropriately to make sound decisions about the dogs you assess.

MYM® Canine-ality™ and Feline-ality™ Refresher Course
Tuesday October 17th and Wednesday October 18th, 2017

If you are familiar with the MYM® Feline-ality™ & Canine- ality™  programs, but need a refresher to bring you up to speed, then this is the session for you!  This two-day workshop will explore both MYM® Feline-ality™ & Canine- ality™  programs, offering an energizing agenda to bring you back up to speed on these research-based assessments of cat and dog behaviour.  Participants will spring ahead in their MYM® knowledge, further promoting animal welfare, increased adoptions, and decreased returns.


All Training Sessions will be held 9am - 5pm at:

Ontario SPCA

Provincial Education and Animal Centre

16586 Woodbine Ave, Stouffville L4A2W3





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